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September 22nd, 2003

(no subject) @ 09:28 pm

Current Mood: aggravated aggravated

I don't feel great at all tonight which isn't good considering I have to get as much of this lab report done as much as I can. Perhaps I'll find a way to work on it from the lounge in chemical engineering tomorrow where I can print it there hopefully.

I had my first meeting with Jong and I swera if it was Ground Hog day 'd be in the thick of it. Just press rewind, click back to last Wednesday, or think back to what I wrote, and you'll have today. I've explained, and explained and explained how best to teach me, and I'm still explaining. I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm sinking, sinking ever further into the vat of unknowing. I have no ida how I'm going to do this, how I'm going to get through to him that I'm trying. Sgenlaiche was there for the whole two hour meeting, which was supposed to last for 30 minutes. I answered his questions to the best of my knowledge, but didn't do as well because I wasn't able to state the laws and principles completely correctly. After he askwed me questions, he started in on the "how am I going to teach you mantra". Me and Sgenlaiche think that he may be feeling as lost as I am. Here I am, taking his class as a blind person. He has no idea how to teach me, I have no idea how to tell him how to teach me. He's very willing to help meout but it infuriates him that he doesn't have all the answers anymore. What he's tried for 39 years isn't working now, and to top it all off he's pissed off that I'm not only in his class but he has to teach me. There has to be an answer and I won't let this stupid class stop me from getting my degree, it'd be so futile.

Whenever this happens, I stress myself totally out. I am such an achiever, that it frustrates me when I can't do something. So consequently I get migraines and I'm trying to fight the one I think I'm about to have off. I've taken an injection of Imatrex and hopefully that'll do the trick. Must stop thinking of this, its not helping me, arg. Sorry guys, I'll be more upbeat soon, this is yet another obstacle.
 
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From:iconoclast
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Have you considered going over his head to the department chair, and asking for assistance at that level? They may be able to work with him in a way you cannot--that is, get through him to teach him how to do what he's supposed to do, ie, teach.
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From:hopeness
Date:September 22nd, 2003 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Does your school have an ombudsman or other impartial intermediary who could help you find solutions?
That is the only thing I can think of atm, sorry. :(
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From:sunnyblue
Date:September 22nd, 2003 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Tell Jong to put down the bong and help you along or you'll sue off his gong
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From:rangoon
Date:September 22nd, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm guessing the problem here is that you're having difficulty coming up with alternative techniques to convey the same concepts across that your sighted peers are learning. The best advice I can offer here is to bounce off ideas of other blind students, or blind chemists in the field. There are numerous lists for blind students where you could post your questions to solicit feedback. Some are associated with blindness consumer organizations, and others are not. In fact, I think you may have heard of one of them, it's called Hands Around the World. Bouncing ideas off other blind people who have faced the same or similar problems can be helpful for devising alternative techniques. If the problem lies not in interpreting the information, but rather processing it, then you'd be facing a problem that any sighted student in your class faces, and so it would seem that whatever channels that are available to your sighted peers would also be appropriate for you. You could seek assistance from the tutoring department, a more advanced student, or a classmate who "gets it." Good luck!
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From:jumpingjuniper
Date:September 23rd, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Take slow deep easy breathes. I hope your head gets better.

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